by Valentinaprimo on 15/02/11 at 5:57 pm
Paris, London, Rome, Berlin, Athens. Planning a European tour can seem very expensive, but if you note down some key information such as free visits and special discounts, you won’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy Europe’s best spots.
London. One of the most expensive cities of the world, London offers visitors the treasures collected in its precious museums for free. Enjoy one of the most extensive history collections of the world at the British Museum, or one of the most exquisite art displays at the National Gallery, both for no charge.
Tate and Tate Modern Museum are also must sees that don’t charge entrance fee. It is a very convenient deal, since the currency and prices in the city tend to be quite expensive. Entering the most important churches, such as Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, for example, can cost up to 12 Euros. Another well-worthed visit is the Parliament, where you can attend debates for free from Monday to Thursday, with differing times for each House. There are also several companies offering free walking tours of the city that will show you around the most important palace of the British capital.
Rome. The heart of an ancient Empire, the centre of Catholic faith; Rome’s endless treasures can also be visited for free. Marked by a culture that thrived along with religiosity, the best of Rome is to be found in churches, which fortunately are free of charge. Some of the most exquisite examples are Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, the baroque Gesù, and San Luigi dei Francesi, where you can find exquisite frescoes by Caravaggio.
Superb examples of Renaissance sculpture can also be visited for free, such as Michelangelo’s celebrated Moses, displayed at San Pietro in Vincoli church, and the Bocca della Verita, an originally ancient sewer grate, famous worldwide for biting off lier’s hands. The best-preserved monument of imperial Rome, the Pantheon can also be visited anyday at no cost and, although the Roman Forum and Trajan ancient markets are charged with an entrance fee, they can both be seen from Via dei Fori Imperiali for free. On the last Sunday of the month, the Vatican Museum and the ancient City Hall Musei Capitolini can also be visited for free.